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A year later, the repercussions of the 2010 G20 conference in Toronto have been coming out in the news.

There were over 1000 arrests, more than 300 charges, 59% of which have since been dropped, and police violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by arbitrarily detaining some protesters using a method called “kettling,” which the self-admitted liar, Toronto’s police chief, Bill Blair, says they won’t ever use again.

Despite being able to host the G20 in a remote location as the G8 conference was, or on nearby Toronto Island, I believe they intended to have it in the midst of downtown Toronto to capitalize on an inevitable mass conflict and crackdown.

On August 11, 2011, a Toronto judge ruled that on one particular night of the G20 summit, “[t]he only organized or collective physical aggression at that location that evening was perpetrated by police each time they advanced on demonstrators.”

I propose a novel response for future G20 conferences — a boycott. Just as political parties boycott elections when they know the vote will be rigged, I think a boycott is the appropriate response for future G20 conferences.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. I fully expect a boycott to get no real traction if it even gets mentioned as a serious proposal in the mass media, but I sincerely think it is the way to go, as I see the powers that be standing to make further gains from the current unorganized and predictable approach of its alleged opponents.

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Arms of Canada

From the elections.ca Handbook for Nomination Contestants, Their Financial Agents and Auditors:

Contribution limits

Any individual who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada may make these contributions:

up to $1,000 in total in any calendar year to a particular registered party
up to $1,000 in total in any calendar year to the registered associations, nomination contestants and candidates of a particular registered party
up to $1,000 in total to a candidate for a particular election who does not represent a registered political party
up to $1,000 in total to the contestants in a particular leadership contest
[405(1)]

Yet, when it comes to voting requirements, you have to be a Canadian citizen:

You are entitled to vote in federal elections and referendums if you are a Canadian citizen, and will be 18 or older on polling day.

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